Why Do You Paint So Tiny?
By Wes Siegrist
Miniature Painting Is Fun!
Foremost, we absolutely love to paint miniatures is the easy answer! From the outset of our careers we have both enjoyed rendering intricate details in our paintings. Our larger 22×30 inch watercolors always had detailed points of interest that were the “icing on the cake” for us in the creative process. It was only natural that we’d be attracted to having more icing if we could! Miniature painting allows us to jump into the details rather quickly in the process. As a genre, the refined detail is not only encouraged, it’s considered synonymous with quality. As miniaturists we’re not trying to “say it with one stroke” like many of our peers working in contemporary conventional scale; we’re trying to get our viewers’ noses on the glass as they marvel at how we did that with so much patience and so many tiny marks!
Miniature Painting Is Unique!
Two recent otter paintings by Wes illustrate how tiny our normal miniatures are compared to what most shows, galleries and the public consider “miniature”. In addition to being small [Normally 25 square inches or less], proper miniatures as defined by the world’s miniature art societies and the Association of Miniature Artists, also hold to a reduction in scale and emphasize careful refinement in technique.
We also chose to specialize as miniature painters to be unique in our art business. There’s few miniaturists left in the world today so typically a patron’s encounter with our work is their first awareness of this historical genre. It’s fun to share the background with visitors and even more fun to have them enchanted viewing our work under a magnifying glass! Miniature painting can be tedious … like “watching moss grow on rocks” is what we’re fond of saying. So much of the excitement for us comes when someone takes the time to be amazed at what we patiently did for him or her to admire.
Miniature Painting Made It Big For Us!
Finally, we’re now known for our miniatures: Siegrist=Miniature. Thanks to the herculean efforts of our Tour Director David J. Wagner our miniature paintings featured in EXQUISITE MINIATURES will tour to 18 different venues around the United States including several premiere museums associated with wildlife art, which is our first love for subject matter. (Additional venues are pending!)
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